The Wild Bunch

Release Date: 1969

R |2 hr 22 min

Plot Summary

In this gritty Western classic, aging outlaw Pike Bishop (William Holden) prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, which includes Dutch Engstrom (Ernest Borgnine) and brothers Lyle (Warren Oates) and Tector Gorch (Ben Johnson), Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by his old partner, Deke Thornton (Robert Ryan). As the remaining gang takes refuge in Mexican territory, Thornton trails them, resulting in fierce gunfights with plenty of casualties.

Cast: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sanchez, Ben Johnson, Emilio Fernández

Director: Sam Peckinpah

Genres: Western

Production Co: Warner Brothers

Keywords: Quest, Rivalry, Small town, Pursuit, Revenge

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Peter StackSan Francisco Chronicle

    Maybe the best shoot-'em-up ever made, the one that turned meanness into a haunting pictorial poetry and summed up the corruption of guilt, old age and death in the American fantasy of the Old West. show more

  • 100
    San Francisco Examiner

    Rivetingly realistic, edited in a gripping and exciting style unseen up to that time, and marvelously scripted. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The Wild Bunch is one of the great defining moments of modern movies. show more

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Nominated Writing (Story and Screenplay - Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced)
Nominated Music (Original Score - for a Motion Picture [not a Musical])